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St. Patrick's Day,
Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England
The National Day of Northern Ireland
and Republic of Ireland

When is St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in the whole of Ireland on 17 March, in honour of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

What does the flag of St Patrick look like?

St Patrick's Flag
This is the flag of St Patrick

Who was St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was born in Wales somewhere around AD 385. He was carried off by pirates and spent six years in slavery before escaping and training as a missionary.

The most famous story about Saint Patrick is him driving the snakes from Ireland. He died on 17th March in AD 461 and this day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day.

What is the national emblem of Ireland?

ShamrockThe national emblem of Ireland is the Shamrock. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain how the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could exist as separate parts of the same being. His followers took to wearing a shamrock in celebration.

St Patrick's day is marked by the wearing of shamrocks (a clover-like plant), the national emblem of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

How is St Patrick's Day celebrated?

St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades in the large cities, the wearing of the green and drinking Guinness (traditional drink of Ireland).

Resources

St Patrick's Day information from the History Channel website

St Patrick's Day activities for Children

Interactive book of St Patrick Facts

 


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